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    by Published on 04-24-2017 08:43 PM
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    Yesterday afternoon I went to a book signing by Brian Redman, hosted jointly by the Boston BMWCCA and PCA. Brian was joined by one of his former rides, BMW CSL #59, which he drove to victory in the 1976 Daytona 24hrs with Peter Gregg and John Fitzpatrick.



    It was a beautiful day for an outing here in the northeast, especially with my friend Phil doing the driving in his '72 3.0 CSi. Lots of other attendees were of a similar mind, and the parking lot was littered with nice cars, including a shiny new M4GTS, a Ferrari 360, an E-Type Jag, a Ford GT, and numerous other Bimmers and Porkas.

    Like many drivers of his day, Brian was a jack-of-all-trades behind the wheel, and jumped around from F2 to F5000 to WSC to F1 to Can-Am to IMSA, frequently many of them in the same season. He spoke for more than an hour about his amazing career, some highlights of which I remember:

    - Driving the wheels off an Austin Mini, literally: the front left wheel came off right over the lug nuts, which were still on the car
    - Jim Clark teaching him his exercise regimen of leg lifts: once a day he lifted them out of bed in the morning, then back into bed that night
    - Crawling back to the hotel with Jo Siffert at 4am after winning at Spa, then partying with the mechanics- his wife locked him out and the hotel manager had to beg her to let him in to keep the noise down
    - His favorite car was the Porsche 908, despite the fact that it nearly killed him at the Targa Florio. He slid into a concrete mile marker sideways, which ruptured the fuel tanks and ignited the car in a fireball. Redman was extremely lucky his belts released, and he was able to jump from the car before his eyes swelled shut, because there was of course no one around to put him out.
    - His other life-threatening accident happened in a Can-Am Chapparal at St Jovite, when the car lifted off and slowly back-flipped, breaking the roll bar when it came down upside down, and Brian's neck with it.
    - Brian had a long career, for a driver of the era. He drove only one race for Ferrari- the Old Man pushed him so hard that Brian turned down an offer to race in red for the rest of the year, because he was sure he would be dead before the end of the season.
    - Jo Bonnier was known to cut drivers off as he passed. Brian said you knew you'd have to lift if he came over, or he'd hit you, and in fact that's what finally killed him at Le Mans.
    - When asked about his least favorite car, he said it was the Porsche 917, which, ironically, I was due to drive that very night in Assetto Corsa with the Historics division. He said the car would not hold a line down the Mulsanne straight due to aerodynamic instability, and was known to break in half when things went south- literally separating around the cockpit, which was not a comforting thought. It was better in 1970, in fact he co-drove the winning 917 in the '70 Spa 1000kms, despite the car twice shredding its tires on the way to the Masta kink during practice!

    Great stuff! Lots more stories to be read in his book, "Daring Drivers and Deadly Tracks", quite the history of an amazing career.
    by Published on 04-10-2017 09:39 PM
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    Join us on Sunday April 23rd for race 1 of the spring season at Silverstone '67!



    This will be a spec race featuring the Porsche 917K, which requires Porsche Pack #3 DLC.

    Classic Silverstone offers us a high-speed track with plenty of runoff to learn ...
    by Published on 04-07-2017 11:11 PM
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    This spring, the CMS Historics Series takes on the Assetto Corsa Porsche 917K in a short three race championship.



    We will start with a break-in session at classic Silverstone, then work into the scene of classic endurance events at Spa and Le Mans.

    Patrice has assembled another classic skin pack for us, full of real-life historic liveries. The skin pack looks great, and is a required download. (Note you can install either the standard or hi res pack, your choice).

    For this series, fuel consumption will be doubled, so a pit stop will be necessary at each race. Tire wear remains at 1x, so changing of tires is optional.

    Points will be scored per event using the following point system based on finish: 20,18,16,14,12,10,8,6,4,2,1.

    Apr 23 - 60's Silverstone (60 mins)
    May 7 - Spa (75 mins)
    May 21 - Circuit de la Sarthe (90 mins)

    Skin Pack:
    Standard Res
    Hi Res

    Typical Race Schedule
    Practice: 8-8:45 p.m. Central Time (US) - 45 min
    Qualify: 8:45-9:00 p.m. Central Time (US) – 15 min
    Warmup: 9:00-9:05 p.m. Central Time (US) - 5 min
    Race: 9:05 p.m. Central Time (US) - 60-90 min, requiring at least 1 pit stop.

    Drivers must complete 50% of the race distance to receive points.

    Join us on Teamspeak for voice chat. Connection information here

    All CMS Rules and Regulations are in affect for this series.
    by Published on 04-01-2017 09:41 AM
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    Season Three: 427 Cobra vs L88 Corvette



    '67 Shelby Cobra and the '88 Corvette!
    2 marques. ...
    by Published on 04-01-2017 09:39 AM
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    Join us on Sunday April 9th for the winter season finale at Solitude!



    This will be a spec race featuring the 1974 Porsche 911 RSR, which requires Porsche Pack #1 DLC.

    This track may not have the visual punch we've come to expect of AC, but it is a remarkable layout ...
    by Published on 03-31-2017 11:10 PM
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    Hernan Zamora wins at Riverside in the 911 RSR Historics series
    Write-up by Patrice Cote

    The CMS HIstorics bandwagon was at Riverside for round #5 of the Winter series featuring the Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera RSR. This car and track combo brings back memories of the first IROC in 1973. It was a bit reassuring to see the champions of the glory days in the old broadcast video going wide and ...
    by Published on 03-23-2017 09:06 AM
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    Join us on Sunday Mar 26th for race 5 of the winter season at Riverside!



    This will be a spec race featuring the 1974 Porsche 911 RSR, which requires Porsche Pack #1 DLC.

    This scratch-made version of Riverside revitalizes an old favorite, tremendously updating ...
    by Published on 03-03-2017 04:19 PM
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    Mihaly Marton wins 3rd in a row at VIR in 911 RSR Historics series
    Write-up by Patrice Cote

    The Porsche 911 3.0 Carrera RSR series was back on the hills of Virginia International Raceway for the 3rd round of the winter season.
    The layout is a true classic dating back to the 50's following the naturally undulating land. I found the track to be a fun (but tough) match for the RSR quirky handling with a mix of blind corners, ...
    by Published on 02-25-2017 08:21 AM
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    Welcome Drivers:

    Here are details on the Sixth Race in MNRL's Second season here at CMS, using the rFactor1 ...
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